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Louisiana Parishes Overwhelmingly Back Fantasy Sports Gaming



AP photo by Stephan Savoia

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Voters in nearly three-quarters of Louisiana's parishes have agreed to legalize online fantasy sports contests for cash prizes.

Forty-seven of Louisiana's 64 parishes supported the ballot measure in Tuesday's election. The 17 parishes that rejected the idea are primarily in north Louisiana.

Though the games only will be permitted in parishes where voters authorized it, anybody will be able to log into the fantasy sports sites if they travel to those parishes.

With websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel, people create imaginary teams of real-life sports players and score points based on how those players perform in actual games. The sites charge an entry fee and offer payouts to winners.

Before Louisiana residents can participate, lawmakers must enact rules and taxing plans, to be debated in the 2019 legislative session.

 

By AP reporter Melinda Deslatte

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